1999 to 2000
Dailies and Sundays plus Li'l Folks
The Definitive Collection of Charles M. Schulz's Comic Strip Masterpiece
Review posted July 19, 2016.
Fantagraphics Books, 2009. 323 pages.
This series is wonderful. Every single Peanuts strip is reproduced, in order. My family has been following it since the series began in 2004 with the 1950 to 1952 volume.
I reviewed the first several volumes, but then decided there wasn't a lot more to say. They are brilliant, and it is wonderful that Fantagraphics is assembling this collection.
My son and I wondered what they would do with the final volume, since Charles Schulz died in February 2000, so the book would only be half as long.
The solution Fantagraphics came up with delighted us -- they reprinted Li'l Folks, a cartoon panel series that Charles Schulz drew from 1947 to 1950 for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. You can see some things that showed up in the early Peanuts strips directly quoted.
It has been a tremendous treat to read all of the Peanuts cartoons over these past twelve years. And now one more volume is promised, with "bonus material and rarities." I can't wait!